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Review: Tommy Tronic

  Don’t worry, he’s not as cool as this makes him look. Tommy Tronic's, favorite pet dog, Yapz, has been missing for days, and according to the intro screen, Tommy is lost without him. At the same time, monstr...

 
 
 

An Aside: Red Dead Rape

Still playing Red Dead Redemption but thereís a part of the game thatís really starting to urk me. To the point that I avoid going into cities unless I absolutely have to. Whatís up with all the rape/violence against women in Red Dead? The...

 
 
 

Video Game Love Stories: Why They Donít Work

When we watch a movie or read a book, itís not hard to believe the love stories. Weíre given two characters, see them interact, hear bits of back story, and watch them fall in love. Happens all the time, no big deal right? The capitol ďPĒ ...

 
 
 

Cyber Bullying Morality Game: Living in the Grey

When it comes to morality, there tends to be a distinct dissonance between the real world and video games. For the most part, in video games morality is presented as a series of True or False statements. I can either be good and save the vi...

 
 
 

E3 Best in Show - Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

My best in show from this E3 was surprisingly Castlevania: Harmony of Despair. The potential seen in this demo sold it for me. The game plays as half Castlevania half Beat Ďem Up. Youíre given a thirty room castle that you must scale in or...

 
 
 

E3: the Unrecogning.

Okay, so I know Iím a noob when it come to the whole E3 thing, but from my perspective, the event is not as cool as what I was lead to believe. Sure the 3DS was ridiculous and awesome, but really, thatís been the only thing worth seeing at ...

 
 
 

Tales from an E3 First Timer: Day 1

E3 Day 1 Day one really only consisted of one thing for me. Getting my hands on the 3DS. Which, unsurprisingly was the goal of many who attended the event. The problem with the 3DS is that you really can't record the device with any justic...

 
 
 

Tales from an E3 First Timer: Day -1

I'm sitting in my hotel room, mere blocks away from the LA convention center, 8:30pm California time, 10:30pm Arkansas time. I'm already exhausted due to plane travel and lack of sleep last night (too excited, brain would not shut off), but...

 
 
 

Playing for the Other Team #1: Mario

In POT, we look at a variety of different video game characters and explain why theyíre probably gay. Thereís more than you may think. Since this is the first edition of Playing for the Other Team, letís start with the most recognizable m...

 
 
 
 

Police Crack Down on Vigilantism in Hollywood

It's like something out of The Watchmen. In LA they're arresting costumed heroes in an attempt to clean up the streets. Looks like the bad guys have won this round. http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/06/03/hollywood.superhero.crackdown/inde...

 
 
 

That Old Escapism

I think we can all agree that video games are about escapism, or getting us outside ourselves for a period of time. Even the so-called ďArt GamesĒ are generally about escapism, just on a more obtuse level. Thatís kind of the thing that our ...

 
 
 

Are Adventure Game Characters Hoarders?

Ever wonder why in adventure games the main characters tend to collect random items for no apparent purpose? Itís assumed that those items weíre the ones deemed important by the creatorís of the game. But what if those main characters were ...

 
 
 

Red Dead Bandana: An Ethical Dilemma?

I canít get enough of Red Dead Redemption. Itís like Grand Theft Auto, but with likable characters. There is one thing, well aside from the Wild West setting, that greatly distinguishes this game from the companyís flagship series. And that...

 
 
 
 

Genres in Video Gaming Ė Documentaries

Last week in my article on Romantic Comedy Video Games, I made mention that another difficult genre to recreate in video game format would be Documentaries. So guess what Iím talking about this week. First things first, a definition of Docu...

 
 
 

E3 Grunt - An Advertising Spectacle

***All Proceeds will go towards a donation to Child's Play*** Sorry for this being not explicitly about video games, but I'm looking for free advertising/word of mouth for my E3 stunt. I'm selling myself on eBay... or rather I'm selling ...

 
 
 

Can you have a Romantic Comedy Video Game?

Iíve been thinking a lot about love lately. I know, I know, wrong month, but still, Iíve also been thinking about different genres in other mediums and wondering how they translate to video games. There are some that work extremely well; Ac...

 
 
 

Do We Ask Video Games To Lie To Us?

Iíve been thinking what makes Video Games different from other mediums of Art, and I keep coming back to the idea that we, the audience, ask Video Games to lie to us, above any other medium. For all intents and purposes, when we play a gam...

 
 
 
 

About Paul Barberone of us since 12:26 PM on 04.09.2010

About Me:

BA in Animation ( www.SometimesComic.com ) minors in Art History and Photography, Award Winning Animator, Geek Enthusiast, Gaymer, and Defender of Video Games as an Art Form.

Will be attending E3 2010

Attempting to break into any industry, but at the moment focusing on gaming and games journalism/interpretation.

Twitter: SometimesComic